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Texas East Gymnastics qualifies for regional championships

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While March Madness left most of the Nation shaking their heads in wonder this weekend, Texas East Gymnastics turned heads at their State meets. 

Optional Levels 8, 9 and 10 competed in Houston and Dallas to earn the right to move onto their Regional Championships.  Level 8 girls had to qualify within a percentage of the All Around in order to advance while the Level 9 and 10 athletes had to meet a mandatory All Around score.

TEG’s Level 8 Hannah Hagel of Cherino surprised a lot of folks; she is the saying, “Big things come in small packages!”  Coach Parsley says, “Hannah is someone to watch, her small stature and big smile catch your eye to start then you find that you can’t stop watching her because her gymnastics is so clean, pretty and powerful.  She was competing against many girls who have repeated Level 8 before but definitely held her own and brought home the 4th place All Around medal."

Brooklyn Peterson (Whitehouse) also competed within the ranks and will be traveling with Hannah to Loveland, Colorado for the Regionals. 

TEG’s Level 10 Sidney Dukes of Tyler had the most successful competition of the team.  She won the GOLD medal on the Balance Beam and the SILVER medal on the Vault.  The crowd and the judges enjoy watching Dukes perform because she has an infectious smile shows everyone watching how much she really loves gymnastics.

Teammates Savannah Maradiaga, Sarah Shaffer and Danica Abanto (Tyler) round out the Level 10 team and all had personal bests this meet.  “The team has been working hard on taking turns with purpose and intent and practicing letting go of “hiccups” during a routine and I’d say they did just that this weekend,” said Coach Parsley. 

The Level 10’s brought home the 2nd place team award missing out of 1st by only .05! These athletes, along with Level 9 teammate Nadia Suzennik, will compete against other 9’s and 10’s from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas to vie for the coveted places on the Western and National Teams.

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